Golf Tourney Helps Raise $1.5 Million for The Immokalee Foundation

Immokalee FoundationThe team of Kevin Johnson, Wayne Meland, Dan Murphy and Craig Norton, playing the first nine holes with Mark Lye and the second nine holes with Peter Jacobsen, took first place at The Immokalee Foundation 2010 Charity Classic Pro-Am golf tournament at Bay Colony Golf Club in Naples.

The popular tournament paired 24 of the world’s greatest golfers with Naples most philanthropic golfers to raise funds to support The Immokalee Foundation’s educational programs including Take Stock in Children, Vocational Success, College Success, Direct Scholarships, The First Tee of Naples/Collier Program in Immokalee, Immokalee Readers and Community Grants.

The 2010 Charity Classic Dinner & Auction at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples and the Pro-Am raised more than $1.5 million for The Immokalee Foundation. The Pro-Am raised more than $500,000, placing it among the most successful charity golf events in Southwest Florida.

Presenting sponsor for the 2010 Charity Classic was The Johnson Meland Group-Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Gold sponsors included Bigham Jewelers, Jaguar Naples and Porsche of Naples.

Mark Lye, PGA Tour professional and analyst on The Golf Channel, helped recruit the field of professionals from the LPGA, PGA Tour and Champions Tour including Peter Jacobsen, Andy Bean, Brett Quigley, Eric Booker, George McNeill, Bruce Fleisher, Terry-Jo Myers and Frank Nobilo.

The Immokalee Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to building pathways to success for the children of Immokalee by empowering them through programs focused on education, vocation and life skills.

The foundation offers students the tools, opportunities and encouragement needed to succeed at each level of their education and in their careers. For more information, visit


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